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Block case set back another year

2013-01-31 22:24

Kimberley - A racketeering and fraud case against Northern Cape ANC chairperson John Block was postponed to next year in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said the matter was put off due to a constitutional challenge to the NPA’s racketeering certificate.

The matter would be back in court on 31 January 2014 again.

The charges relate to allegations that Northern Cape government departments purchased water purification equipment at inflated prices in 2005 and 2006.

Accused with Block is Intaka Holdings director Gaston Savoi.

The matter includes, among others, the acquisition of a portable water purification unit by the Sol Plaatje municipality for Ritchie, an area near Kimberley, in April 2011.

It is alleged that Intaka was paid more than R2.7m before the plant was installed or commissioned.

The Sol Plaatje municipality includes Kimberley and surrounding areas such as Ritchie and Modder River.

Comments
  • Erna - 2013-01-31 22:37

    And the government says we must have faith in the justice system. Really? Surely it can't be right that so many cases are postponed, appealed, etc? We must have one of the slowest justice systems in the world. Add that to having one of the highest crime rates in the world, and what have you got? A dysfunctional justice system.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-31 22:41

      Yeah they have unlimited taxpayer funds to challenge these matters.......thieving bast@rds..........

      johan.vandervyver.31 - 2013-02-01 06:55

      This case will be postponed until we all forget about it and the thieves will not be prosecuted.

  • flysouth - 2013-01-31 22:52

    What sort of justice system is this? Justice delayed is justice denied - in this case, denied not from the accused but from the people of SA who wish to see this (alleged) crook get his just desserts. We have seen this many times from ANC-connected crooks, spinning matters out with the obvious connivance of unknown but influential people in order that the charges can quietly disappear, witnesses can be intimidated and coerced - the fix is in on this one, no doubt about it!

      SJ - 2013-03-04 12:53

      A useless one. Under law of the land or socalled common law this oke would have been sorted out long ago.

  • markjack.deppe - 2013-01-31 22:59

    ''A constitutional challenge to the NPA'S racketeering certificate??'' Are we now saying that the NPA did not do their homework.?? Does the challenge pertain to the fact that the NPA needs a certificate to charge an individual for racketeering. I am seriously in the dark. Maybe someone can enlighten because remember Julius also has similar charges.

  • unitymotsumi - 2013-01-31 23:02

    Next year they'll(ANC) say they don't have time, they'll be preparing for the elections. Once a crook, always a crook.

  • mpho.gift.1804 - 2013-01-31 23:18

    Suddenly certificate for racketeering charge. John Block you have betrayed you people. Face the charges

  • Crracker - 2013-02-01 01:21

    Our legal system is simply not working as it should. Get the evidence and place it before the court. THAT is what we want. The technicalities and nonsense can be sorted out later - but only if the evidence shows the accused is not guilty. Is the accused guilty according to the evidence or not? And OF COURSE those with the money and sly lawyers - yes, some are sly - will always have an advantage over the rest of us. But let's also consider how nice a postponements of cases benefit the accused. Not must of an imgagination needed to figure that out.

      Crracker - 2013-02-01 01:23

      Correction Our legal system is simply not working as it should. Get the evidence and place it before the court. THAT is what we want. The technicalities and nonsense can be sorted out later - but only if the evidence shows the accused is not guilty. Is the accused guilty according to the evidence or not? And OF COURSE those with the money and sly lawyers - yes, some are sly - will always have an advantage over the rest of us. But let's also consider how nice postponements of cases benefit the accused. Not must of an imagination needed to figure that out.

      SJ - 2013-03-04 12:57

      It actually does to be honest. This "system" is aimed at ripping people off and protecting those in power who do so. if it was not, not technicality would have prevented this case from getting to a conclusion. The charge should actually have been: Theft from every single taxpayer, thus 3million charges and if that is not serious enough for swift justice, then what on earth is?

  • precious.yumyum - 2013-02-01 03:18

    The NPA is an ANC tool used to further advance their evil deeds. John Block is their chairperson after all. It's understandable they want him available to campaign for ANC's 2014 bid. There is no shame in Luthuli House.

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2013-02-01 05:33

    As far as I am concerned, just further proof that there must be something to hide. An innocent man would surely appear in court and face the accusations in order to clear his name.

  • juannepierre - 2013-02-01 06:02

    Wait, is there anyone in the ANC that is not corrupt? Anyone?

  • Leigh Nicholl - 2013-02-01 06:33

    watch the documentation simply disappear from this one too!

  • mpho.madimabe - 2013-02-01 07:06

    What the f*ck...this case will be back in court next year Jan? Our justice system sucks...

  • raymond.kok3 - 2013-02-01 07:17

    it will be withdrawn very very soon without a explanation

  • brian.cotter.585 - 2013-02-01 07:27

    There needs to be a log of all these corruption cases and at the beginning of each monthl we should in the newspapersee what is due to be in court so we don't forget and it stays on the FRONT PAGE. At each instance we should know whether the accused is on full pay and how much the delay is costing the taxpayer and how much money goes in to the accused pocket in the interim.

  • Sidney Olifant - 2013-02-01 08:11

    Just say he's of the hook its easy and cheap

  • arthur.salvado - 2013-02-01 08:17

    Here we go again. More thieves let off the hook. Never ending story but it's only the tip of the iceberg. In this case, this is small fish.

  • refiloe.shikwambana - 2013-02-01 08:41

    ANC again

  • william.bromehead - 2013-02-01 09:19

    the rest of political heavy weights found not guilty because they are political heavy weights but they guilty of stealing from poor look at what is happening to govt. hospitals country wide

  • elspeth.hassall - 2013-02-01 09:22

    Are you surprised????

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-01 10:56

    Anyone thinking this man will ever be sentenced is dreaming.

  • SJ - 2013-03-04 12:52

    Yet again the "System" of law lets a technicality stand in the way of real and swift justice.

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